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Sauls Sandwich Shop: 1936

January 1936. "New Orleans sandwich shop. Orleans Parish, Louisiana." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.

January 1936. "New Orleans sandwich shop. Orleans Parish, Louisiana." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Cursive is for right-handers only

Cursive is merely artistically stylized sloppy printing where you fail to lift the pen/pencil when you move from letter to letter. It follows the natural movements of a right-handed writer and if rather difficult for a left-hander to emulate.

Cursive writing style

Interesting comments about cursive script.

I agree with those who say that cursive is an extension of our personality. Each one is different. Some use floral swirls others are more rudimentary and functional. The tightly bound writers reflect a reserved, unimaginative personality, the large bold with swirls attached to many letters would indicate an artistic, creative, open personality.

The manuscripts of earlier centuries contain very impressive examples of script which would have taken a considerable time to write. Japanese calligraphy follows this tradition.

It really is an art form that reflects that we are not machines (yet)

Look at episodes of 'What's My Line' (plenty on Youtube) to see each guest writing their name on a blackboard in beautiful cursive script.

Doctors' cursive is in a world of its own. One might hope that their often undecipherable scrawl (except for pharmacists we assume) is not a reflection of a rushed, chaotic brain.

Prices Then And Now

In reference to Born Too Late comment: Agree that prices are all relative to the era.
People did not earn $50,000 or $100,000 per year in 1936, as many do now.
Inflation is just an expanding balloon and everything tries to keep up.
Every now and again the balloon goes pop.

Cursive inclusive

I just want to say, I am fully tolerant and respectful of the opinion of cursive lovers, and I am fully supportive of it being taught as an art form as long as it is not deemed a requirement, or even as being important. And want to share the personal experience that shaped my current opinion. In 8th grade I was doing poorly with cursive and reverted to printing as often as I was allowed. One teacher told me "you might be able to get away with it for now, but you won't be allowed to do this in high school". Then, as if scripted from a movie, my first week in high school I had a teacher tell me how much she loved my printing (which I will also argue is equal to cursive in its recognizability and "extension" of me as a person), and I haven't scrawled a single letter of cursive since. Yet I have had many other compliments on my (non-cursive) penmanship.

Truck ID

1928 Ford truck and 1931 Plymouth car

Cursive writing

is making a sort of comeback, with some schools now starting to teach it again. I agree with Doug Floor Plan that each person's penmanship is an extension of them in some ways. I hope it makes the comeback. Maybe even Spencerian script for some folks. Also, it is just like encryption to some young folks.

I know I'm a dinosaur

Unlike kines, I miss cursive and am sad it is no longer taught in schools. For whatever reason it was created, cursive became a very personal part of us. Some have handwriting that is art, some scrawl, but you recognize a person's handwriting the way you will never recognize their printing or texts with emojis. Printing is communication where cursive is conversation. For me, reading letters in cursive is also hearing the writer's voice. Even Sauls' blackboard is a little more inviting than the signage ... that's Sauls talking to you.

Little circles

Anyone have any idea what those circles on the SANDWICH SHOP letters are?

Milnut Cream

In 1939 the name was changed to Milnot, a brand that's still around.

Long Gone

This is the corner of Prytania and Calliope in the Lower Garden District, just a few blocks from where I first lived in New Orleans. The area is now covered by one of the onramps to the Crescent City Connection bridge over the Mississippi.

The original 'saul' food ?

I spent my impulse picayunes dining @ N.E. Howe's - or was it N.E Wayze? - but I guess each of us has our own story.

Cursed cursive

Even though in my not-so-humble opinion cursive is one of the most inane creations in all of humanity, it is really nice to see it here, adding a distinctly human touch to this otherwise bleak photograph. Said to have been invented to save wear and tear on fragile quill pens, it is now time for cursive to go the way of the carbon arc lamp, typewriter, and the feather quill pen itself.


Good name placement!

Brands still with us

PET [evaporated milk]
Carnation [evaporated milk]
Contadina tomato paste
Luzianne coffee and Tea


When I saw the chalkboard I first thought it might be a list of sandwiches. I was hungry. But it's a grocery price list.

Eggs: 25 cents per dozen. That's equal to $5.26 in today's dollars, according to the inflation calculator. Maybe today's "crisis" isn't that bad.

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